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The Sankofa Global Project's Tech Education Conference
Tue, April 25, 2017, 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
The Sankofa Global Project, in partnership with Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, is hosting its first annual Tech Education Conference on Tuesday, April 25 at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The themes of the conference are:
- What is S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education?
- How do we conceptualize S.T.E.A.M. education beyond the classroom?
- What are creative ways to overcome barriers to access to S.T.E.A.M. education?
We are inviting Brooklyn’s Education Leaders, Superintendents, Principals, Parent Coordinators, and Community Education Councils to attend. Together, we will work to address an enduring problem – the lack of women and people of color in the S.T.E.A.M. fields. This is the express goal of the Sankofa Global Project.
Far too often, the problem is pervasive in under-represented school communities, where many of the glaring disparities begin. Low rates of access to S.T.E.A.M. internships, fellowships, mentorship, entrepreneurial endeavors, resources, and employment lead to limitations on innovation, global incompetence, apathy, indifference, timidity, and subordination. As you are well aware, the Sankofa Global Project has created programs, curricula, and initiatives specifically designed to assist under-served students in gaining access to an education that provides a thorough S.T.E.A.M. curricula. In addition, the Sankofa Global Project assists students in exploring career and global opportunities in the S.T.E.A.M. fields.
We are honored that Borough President Eric Adams, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, and Jeff Lowell, Deputy Policy Director, are scheduled to speak at the conference and serve as a panelists. Michael Zigman of NYC First, Errol King of Google Code Next, Dr. Cristine L Chisholm, Desiree Watson of Wellness Interactive, Gordon Smith of Codesters, and John Ellrodt of Global Writes and Digital Age Learning, and NYU School of Engineering students, as well as others, are scheduled to participate as panelists. An Added bonus: Participants will engage in hands-on demonstrations!